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RCMP investigating after 'several indiscriminate shots' fired at group in Penticton

Mounties are investigating after a man reportedly fired indiscriminately at a group of people in Penticton.

Police said the incident occurred at about 2 am on Sunday morning in an alley near Wade Avenue and Van Horne Avenue.

Nobody was hurt, according to police.

A group of people from out of town had been walking back to their accommodation after a social event when they were approached by an unknown male, police explained.

The man reportedly singled out one of the men in the group and began to assault him.

As the group was “fending off the male,” another man, armed with a handgun, approached from a distance and fired “several indiscriminate shots” at the group.

The group then fled.

“Miraculously, no one was seriously harmed as a result of this alarming incident,” said Cst. James Grandy.

“The group were visiting from out of town, and none were allegedly acquainted with either suspect. This appears to be a non-targeted altercation with an unknown motive.”

Police provided descriptions of the two suspects:

  • Suspect 1: Short, dark skin, wearing dark hooded sweater with hood pulled down over his face

  • Suspect 2: Taller, stock, wearing a white T-shirt

Cst. Grandy added: “Penticton’s General Investigations Unit has assumed conduct of this investigation, and are conducting witness interviews and canvassing for video surveillance.

“We’re encouraging anyone with information to speak with us by calling the non-emergency line at 250-492-4300.”

Mayor John Vassilaki, meanwhile, said the report of the shooting is "deeply disturbing for all residents."

He added: "While we are grateful no one was injured, these actions are reckless and unacceptable. I ask that anyone with any information on this brazen activity contact the RCMP immediately.”

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